Lava Lab

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications (LAVA) was founded on January 1, 2014, by Jason Leigh- Director Emeritus of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The mission of LAVA is to conduct research and development in big data visualization techniques and to apply these techniques in cutting-edge domain science, engineering, and training applications.

LAVA is a core laboratory of the Hawaii Data Science Institute which serves the data-intensive science, engineering, and training needs of UH’s 10 campuses (Mānoa, Hilo, West O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Community College, Honolulu Community College, Kapi‘olani Community College, Kaua‘i Community College, Leeward Community College, Maui Community College, Windward Community College).

Creative Computational Media Certificate

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Featured Projects

Sage 3

Using Artificial Intelligence to collaborate over information at home or in the boardroom, and come to decisions with greater speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness, and confidence.

Create X

Create(x) is a living laboratory for students to showcase their works at the intersection of creative media, computation, culture, art, and science at the University of Hawaii at West O’ahu.

It is co-led by Professor Jason Leigh, and Kari Noe of the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA), and is jointly funded by the Academy for Creative Media System, and the National Science Foundation


The Energy Table shows three ways of moving Hawaiʻi to 100% renewable by 2045, and the tradeoffs that need to be made with respect to land use.

This project was developed by the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications (LAVA) and funded in part by the Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaiʻi State Energy Office, and the National Science Foundation.